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Los Angeles Lakers stars LeBron James and Russell Westbrook have more freedom in defense as they tend to gamble from time to time by attempting crossing passing lanes in order to get steals.

Sometimes it hurts the team as Lakers head coach admitted after the loss against the Clippers. “Well it hurt us some tonight, clearly,” Frank Vogel said postgame. “But those guys have great instincts.

“We want them to stay within our scheme and if there’s opportunistic situations to go for a steal like that. I trust those guys’ instincts. Tonight was just one of those nights where we didn’t get them and ended up hurting us.”